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City: property crime swell due to state

Property crimes are up in the Valley, fueled by the state policy on early releases of prisoners, but Ceres police want to get a better handle on common thieves.

December 11, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

City antes up for economic development plan of action

City officials put their money where their mouth is on Monday by hiring a firm they believe will help them push toward the city's number one goal: Economic development.

December 11, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

Pilots brave winter storms in cloud seeding program

When winter storms force most small planes to land with iced-over wings, it's time for these pilots to take off and fly straight into the storm.

December 11, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | News

Mansion escrow to close

With the Clinton Whitmore Mansion coming into the city's possession on Friday, the Ceres City Council on Monday appropriated $480,000 for the historic mansion and grounds.

December 11, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

CYB offers city help with Costa ballpark improvements

Ceres Youth Baseball wants to see new improvements to Costa Fields baseball park in Smyrna Park but the Ceres City Council batted around a host of issues associated with costs and liability.

December 11, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News


• PAROLEE FOUND WITH GUNS, DRUGS, STOLEN ITEMS: CERES - A Ceres officer, acting on a hunch that a parolee was up to no good, decided to search the home of Charles Love, 29, of Ceres on Saturday and came away with an arrest.

December 11, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

Popular nativity trek on

Organizers of the popular annual "Journey to Bethlehem" event hope to get a break from the weather that partially rained out their outdoor venue during last week's opening.

December 04, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

Ceres Christmas Festival Saturday

The 25th annual Ceres Christmas Festival this Saturday will formally open the 51st season of Christmas Tree Lane as a Ceres tradition. The first Christmas Tree Lane opened December 1961 on Henry Avenue and Vaughn Street. Fifty-one years later it's still going strong.

December 04, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

Ceres house demand outstripping inventory

The lack of housing inventory, affordable interest rates and healthy demand continues to drive up prices of Ceres houses.

December 04, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

Police cracking down on drivers who text, hold cells

Ceres Police have teamed up with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the California Highway Patrol, and 36 other law enforcement agencies across the greater Sacramento region to eliminate motorists' hand-held cell phone use and texting. The effort is a special federally funded pilot program using the region to test tactics that may be employed nationally in the future.

December 04, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News


• SUSPECTED DRUGGED DRIVER HITS HYDRANT: CERES - A 22-year-old Riverbank driver was arrested Monday morning after he struck a fire hydrant in the Walmart parking lot while under the influence of drugs.

December 04, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

Robbers pose as Craigslist car sellers

A Merced man who responded to a craigslist ad about a vehicle for sale ended up being robbed by two men in Ceres who posed as sellers.

December 04, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

City in escrow for Whitmore mansion

With the historic Clinton Whitmore Mansion heading toward almost certain city ownership, the Ceres City Council met Monday and pondered its future uses as well as operations and maintenance.

November 27, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

Christmas Festival postponed on account of storm

An expected major Pacific weather storm has resulted in the postponement of the annual Ceres Christmas Festival which had been scheduled to take place this Saturday.

November 27, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

City gearing up for water increases

Ceres residents will get their chance in January to protest six years' worth of rate increases in their water bills designed to raise cash to cover improvements to an aging water system.

November 27, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

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Pokémon Go has Cereans on the hunt

Pokémon Go is the newest sensation in mobile gaming, giving average citizens the chance to become Pokémon trainers. Since its release on July ...

July 21, 2016 | Jeff Benziger | News

New year brings new laws for drivers, gun owners

While the New Year has brought resolutions and hopes for change, there are some changes that California residents can count on - new laws. Effective Jan ...

January 08, 2014 | Cara Hallam | News

Crime Stoppers aids in fighting Ceres crime

Armed robberies, assaults, burglaries and clandestine drug labs are among the specific types of Ceres crimes that have been solved with arrests made through the ...

August 14, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | News

Trustees may go unopposed

With three days left until the close of the candidate nomination period, four trustees for the Ceres Unified School District board have become candidates with ...

August 07, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | News

National Night Out set

National Night Out block party, a community crime prevention event, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6 ...

July 24, 2013 | | News

Unemployment rate rises in June

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County saw a slight increase in June, but continues to maintain lower levels that seen in recent years, according to ...

July 24, 2013 | By Sabra Stafford | News

Farmers short-handed in fields, finds state Farm Bureau survey

Farms in California aren't missing produce, they're missing workers.

July 24, 2013 | By JAY BHATIA | News

Upgrades making Central safer for kids

There is lots of construction work along the Central Avenue corridor as the city of Ceres completes a state funded project to improve the safety ...

May 08, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | News

Support group was a ‘life saver’ for Ceres woman coping with husband’s Alzheimer’s

Loyde and Jewell Kee enjoyed a strong and happy marriage for over 55 years. Always healthy, the Ceres couple since 1967 planned to live full ...

April 03, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | News

140 jobs at stake if Post closes plant

About 140 workers will be out of a job if Post Foods closes its cereal manufacturing plant located on Whitmore Avenue on the doorstep of ...

March 27, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | News

TID rallies against water cuts

The Turlock Irrigation District is shouting from the proverbial rooftops about how devastating the new State Water Resources Control Board proposal would be to residents ...

March 20, 2013 | Brooke Borba Courier staff reporter | News

Volunteers sought for April 27 ‘Love Ceres’

Have you ever felt like spending a morning helping a shut-in resident with yard work? Cleaning up your town of trash? Visiting a lonely elderly ...

March 20, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | News

City to grant three-year extensions on projects delayed by economy

Stephen Curtis Mendonca, 47, of Modesto was found unsuitable for parole during a March 5 hearing before the State Board of Parole Hearings in Corcoran.

March 20, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | News

Crime Digest

• TV SEIZED IN SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE: CERES – Ceres police seized a 60-inch screen TV being wheeled down the sidewalk by a Colorado man who had warrants ...

March 20, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | News

Carroll Fowler reaches API index target -- again

Since 1999, Carroll Fowler Elementary School students have managed to annually improve their annual state Academic Performance Index (API) scores. In fact, the Ceres school ...

March 20, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | News

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